Such Hollywood theatrics added another twist to the surreal life of the two-time prison escapee.
Guzman was re-apprehended on Friday after a shootout between gunmen and Mexican marines at the home in Los Mochis, a seaside city in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa.
Guzman was notified by agents of the worldwide police agency Interpol Sunday that two arrest warrants from the USA were being processed against him. He escaped 17 months later and a dozen prison officials were detained. Guzman’s first cousin, Jesus Manuel Gutierrez-Guzman, was sentenced in August by a federal judge in the Granite State to 16 years in prison for distributing cocaine.
“No, he shouldn’t be extradited to the United States or any other foreign country. Why?”
U.S. Rep Michael McCaul (R-Tx) says extraditing Guzman to the U.S. would get him away from what is widely believed to be corrupt Mexican prison system which allowed him to escape from custody a year ago.
Guzman’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, has vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Rolling Stone posted a picture dated October 2 showing the Oscar-winning actor shaking hands with the mustachioed drug cartel leader. Supposedly, he wanted a Hollywood heavyweight to make a movie about his drug cartel.
The article describes a man on the run who appeared anything but, as he sipped tequila in a “casual patterned silk shirt and pressed black jeans”.
The US filed extradition requests in 2014, so that Guzman could face charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs from Mexico into the country. “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats”. According to the article, the interview was conducted in an undisclosed location in a Mexican jungle.
Many observers found Penn’s account too favorable to the drug lord, who for years oversaw a vast and brutal drug enterprise that’s left thousands of victims dead over the last several decades. Interviewed by a group of reporters in 1993 after a previous arrest, he denied that he engaged in drug dealing.
Penn has admitted he feared he was being monitored as he flew to Mexico to meet Guzman, for an interview published by Rolling Stone this week. He played down injuries to his face and leg reported by the authorities, saying: “Not like they said“.
Guzman’s lawyer approached Del Castillo about the possibility of making a film but the project was dropped in favor of a magazine interview, Penn said.
“You need some type of aiding or abetting or assisting or material support… of a fugitive”, he said.
New Yorker writer Ben Taub tweeted a similar response: “Why didn’t Sean Penn ask El Chapo how many real journalists his organization has killed?” A Mexican navy marine inspects an open manhole after the recapture of Mexico’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the city of Los Mochis, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.
Much speculation has focused on the controversial Rolling Stone story, and how it came to be.
Meanwhile, New Yorker editor Nicholas Thompson called Penn’s story “crazy”.
After a bit of communication, he granted them an interview.